Designed by Portuguese architect Martinho Pita, Bichos is a series of lamps handmade with discarded Holm (Holly) Oak tree branches. Bicho, in Portuguese, means a ‘creature’. However, Bichos lamps do not refer to any particular animal. Since each branch is unique, every lamp in the Bichos family is one-of-a-kind. The way blood flows through the body, the textile-wrapped electrical cords run through each Bichos lamp. The tree branches used to create the lamps come from pruning of the oak trees. The oak wood is quite hard and is famous as high quality firewood.
Born in Ireland and living currently in Glasgow’s west end, furniture artist John Galvin has been creating bespoke furniture units that ask for appreciation for their intriguing and artistic designs. Unveiled at the Saatchi gallery in May 2011 as part of the Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects, the Jacaranda Cygnet Lamp by John Galvin is a beautiful lighting fixture that would look stunning in any modern or traditional setting. The Cygnet lamp was initially made from Purple Heart, but it’s being made now in ash, oak and walnut.